Gunman opens fire at Fresno poultry processing plant
FRESNO, Calif. — A disgruntled employee opened fire Tuesday morning at a Fresno, Calif., poultry processing facility, shooting four co-workers — two fatally — before turning the gun on himself, fresnobee.com reported.
According to police, 42-year-old Lawrence Jones arrived to work at the Valley Protein plant at approximately 5:00 a.m.
Around 8:30 a.m., Jones approached a fellow employee at his workstation in what is called the “grinding room” of the plant, placed a .357 Magnum 4-shot derringer pistol next to his head and fired.
Jones then entered the deboning room and shot two others at point-blank range. He wounded another worker as she attempted to flee.
Jones attempted to shoot a fifth worker, but his handgun was out of ammunition.
He then walked out of the plant, reloaded the gun and shot himself.
According to Fresno Police Chief Jerry Dyer, Jones was a former parolee with “an extensive criminal history.”
Valley Protein employs about 100 people and processes poultry and some pork under the Apple Valley Farms brand.